Saturday, April 9, 2016


Irresponsible 20-something Jenny arrives in Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff, a young film-maker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly and their two-year-old son. Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family's baby sitter-come-pot dealer. Written by Production (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS Directed and written by Joe Swanberg and Produced by Peter Gilbert and Joe Swanberg I felt was an insightful look into a young family’s life as they dealt with those siblings yet to start their own family. The pace of the film was rather methodical moving along leading up to the day of Christmas. It was shot in a straightforward manner showing the action that progressed the film with little to no cinematic flair. Having seen another film from the director called DRINKING BUDDIES I can see the traits of his style in his character’s staggered and run on train of thought dialogue and free camera movements. As for HAPPY CHRISTMAS I give it 2 stars, as I was highly under whelmed with the story and its resolution feeling the characters could have been further developed.

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